Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Please note that owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on the publishing industry, we have had to severely slow down our publishing programme and hence we are not actively seeking new submissions. Furthermore, since we are working with very few staff members, we are unable to respond to all your submissions. If you do not hear back from us within 15 days of your submission, please understand that we are not interested in your manuscript and/or proposal.

Thank you for your understanding.

However, the following questions will help you understand how we at Seagull Books execute the process of submission and evaluation of proposals and manuscripts in normal circumstances:

What kind of proposals are entertained and evaluated?
Seagull Books accepts proposals for books written originally in English or translated into English, including novels, novellas and collections of short stories; poetry collections and monographs; general and narrative non-fiction; and books on current affairs, travel and philosophy. We are not textbook publishers, nor do we publish technical and scientific research studies/monographs and medical books. Therefore proposal focusing on any of these areas will automatically not be considered for publication by us.

What should my proposal contain?
Your proposal should contain a detailed synopsis and chapter outline, with two sample chapters in case of novels and other narrative non-fiction. For collections of short stories and poems, you should send in five sample stories and/or poems. Please also include a note on yourself.

Where do I send my proposal?
Please email your proposal and chapters in MS Word format to: Please do not post us a hard copy of your work.

If I come personally, will I get to meet with an editor and discuss my proposal?
Owing to high publication volumes, discussing individual proposals with the editorial team is, unfortunately, not possible.